South Bend, IN – 1st Source Bank launched its participation in the Small Business Administration (SBA) Veterans Pledge Initiative today in which it committed to increase lending to veteran small business owners. The bank also announced a series of workshops it will host to help veteran small business owners take advantage of the many lending opportunities that are available.
Jim Seitz, 1st Source President and Joe Kuzmitz, 1st Source Senior Vice President and head of Business Banking, made the announcement in conjunction with Marianne Markowitz, SBA Regional Director and Gail Gesell, SBA Indiana District Director. Also attending were South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
“Over the past 150 years, 1st Source has shown a strong commitment to helping both active servicemen and women and veterans with their banking needs,” said Seitz. “We’re glad to strengthen that commitment today with our Veterans Pledge Initiative. By using our expertise as a leading SBA lender we’ll be able to help veterans get access to the small business loans they need to start and grow successful businesses.”
1st Source also announced a series of workshops to assist veterans. Workshops will cover the basics of developing a business plan, loan options for starting or growing a business, government contracting opportunities for business expansion and more. The first workshop will be held November 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the National College Building at 1030 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 130. Additional workshops will be announced soon across northern Indiana. Those interested in attending the South Bend or subsequent workshops should contact Carrie Kosac at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Source also presented a $1,500 donation to Miller’s Vets in support of the assistance provided to veterans at the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center.
1st Source Corporation, parent company of 1st Source Bank, has assets of $4.65 billion and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area. The Corporation includes 76 banking centers in 17 counties, 22 1st Source Bank Specialty Finance Group locations nationwide, nine Trust and Wealth Management locations and nine 1st Source Insurance offices.
1st Source common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under “SRCE” and appears in the National Market System tables in many daily newspapers under the code name “1st Src.” For 150 years, 1st Source has been committed to the success of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.1stsource.com
Photographed (left to right): Jim Seitz, 1st Source President; Gail Gesell, SBA Indiana District Director; and Joe Kuzmitz,1st Source Senior Vice President and head of Business Banking.
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